Clackamas County is the largest of the metro counties and is located to the southeast of Portland. The county extends from Mt. Hood in the Cascade Range to the fertile lands of the Willamette Valley. It encompasses the southeastern rim of the Portland Metro, from Sandy to Canby, but a large percentage of the county is covered in dense forest that is synonymous with with beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
Cities in Clackamas County
Resources for Clackamas County
Things to do in Clackamas County
Escape into nature at Bagby Hot Springs in the Mt Hood National Forest. Bagby Hot Springs is a natural hot springs that include bathhouses that sit at an elevation of 2,280 feet.
Wilhoit Springs Park is a county park located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains and includes two separate springs.
With dozens of rivers in Clackamas County, you have ample opportunities to fish, float or simple enjoy the beauty of nature.
- Float the river between Barton Park and Carver Park along the Clackamas River
- Access the Upper Willamette River via the Boones Ferry Marina
- Explore the Molalla River Corridor via the boat launch at Feyrer Park
- Hebb Park has great access to the Willamette River just downstream from the Canby Ferry
Clackamas County is home to 3 state parks
Explore the Mt. Hood Territory
The mountain is calling, and we must go! Skiing, snowboarding, sledding, tubing, cross-county skiing, hiking, fishing, biking, camping, boating…the options are endless.
Winter on the Mountain
Mt. Hood has 4 different ski areas to take advantage of.
- Timberline Lodge & Ski Area is at the highest elevation and offers the longest ski season in North America
- Mt. Hood Meadows is the largest ski resort on Mt. Hood.
- Mt. Hood Skibowl offers the best proximity to Government Camp and also is the largest night skiing area in the nation.
- Summit Ski Area is the smallest of the ski areas on Hood but offers easy access from Government Camp and offers the most affordable pricing.
Sledding and tubing get an awesome upgrade. Whether you want the simplicity of bringing your own sled or innertube to Snow Bunny Play Area or White River West Sno-Park. Or you can take it to another level at Summit Ski Area or Mt. Hood Skibowl. Skibowl also offers cosmic tubing at night for a fun, unique tubing experience that includes light shows and loud music.
There are ample options if cross-country skiing or snow shoeing are more your speed.
Mt. Hood’s Other Recreation Options
The Mt. Hood National Forest covers over 1 million acres of land, providing for a crazy amount of hiking trails to chose from. If choosing between them all seems overwhelming, you can check out this list of The 15 Best Day Hikes by the Outdoor Project.
The Mt. Hood National Forest has over 150 lakes within it’s borders. Some are accessible by car, while others require hiking skills and an understanding of the wilderness. When the summer heat descends on the Portland Metro, escaping to these tree-brimmed lakes can be one of the best ways to escape the heat.
Mt. Hood offers no shortage of camping options amongst its dense woods and stunning scenery.
With 20 of the top 50 fishing spots in Oregon, Mt. Hood offers plenty of of opportunities to cast that rod.
With something like 140 miles of trails open to mountain bikes, Mt. Hood is a thrill seekers dream.
Government Camp is the village in closest proximity to the ski resorts. It’s Mt. Hood’s Alpine Village that is nestled in the trees on the south slope of the mountain below Timberline Lodge and next to Mt. Hood Skibowl. It includes bars, restaurants, shopping/rentals, lodging, cabin rentals and its own, Summit Ski Area.
Homes for Sale in Clackamas County
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